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China Men by Maxine Hong Kingston
Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. China Men by Maxine Hong Kingston. The author chronicles the lives of three generations of Chinese men in America, woven from memory, myth and fact. Here's a storyteller's tale of what they endured in a strange new land. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published April 23rd by Vintage first published More Details Original Title.
Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about China Men , please sign up. See 2 questions about China Men…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. This book is about the immigrant experience and how the Chinese leaving their homes in China in hopes of a better financial future, found ways to make their new land their own. As most of us have read so many immigrant stories we can often guess what these stories will bring: frustration, hardships, racism, homesickness, and so on.
I think the history of the Chinese in North America is quite unique because of the sex ratio disparity which meant that in many places there were very few Chinese women. It was interesting to see how the men were creative in their own lives, upholding cultures and traditions, far away from home and from their wives, children, and other relatives.
It was interesting to compare and contrast the experiences.
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He needed to cast his voice out to catch ideas. Or maybe it was demons doing the counting and Chinamen not worth counting. The tour guide, who was Chinese-Canadian, told us a bit about the history and then directed our attention to the painting commemorating the opening of the railway. We searched in vain for a Chinese face. This is one of the reasons I feel our cultural history has to be taught, to show us we belong in a place that might still look at us as unwelcome strangers. View all 12 comments. Nov 23, Nancy Nguyen rated it it was amazing Shelves: weird-reads , fantasy , short-story-collections , diversity , nonfiction , historical-fiction , family.
This is probably my favorite book of this year. I have to be honest. I didn't think it was really that good. But everyone around me mostly white readers told me Joy Luck Club was among the best pieces of Asian American literature out there.
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All those books put the conventions of literature on its head, and the one major ways they could've done that This is probably my favorite book of this year. All those books put the conventions of literature on its head, and the one major ways they could've done that was through the diverse scope. Don't read Amy Tan. Read this book instead. What a great piece of literature. View 2 comments. Sep 17, Aaron rated it it was amazing Shelves: sets-the-standard , fiction , life-story. Excellent storytelling, combining autobiographical and historical fact with imagination and fantasy to tell stories of men mostly of her own family and their journeys.
Several of these stories are about her ancestors and their journeys to American: her Great-grandfather of the Sandalwood Mountains, brought from China to Hawaii for indentured field labor; her Grandfather of the Sierra Nevada Mountains who built the railroads; her Father from China, whose journey, of questionable legality, she h Excellent storytelling, combining autobiographical and historical fact with imagination and fantasy to tell stories of men mostly of her own family and their journeys. Several of these stories are about her ancestors and their journeys to American: her Great-grandfather of the Sandalwood Mountains, brought from China to Hawaii for indentured field labor; her Grandfather of the Sierra Nevada Mountains who built the railroads; her Father from China, whose journey, of questionable legality, she has to imagine and construct from what evidence is available.
She uses a variety of subjects and formats, to provide a kaleidoscope of stories and experiences. For example, she tells the story of Robinson Crusoe "Lo Bin Sun" as she likely would have heard it growing up. The chapter "The Making of More Americans" chronicles her family's times and struggles establishing themselves in America.
The writing is often harsh, dark, and serious, but is just as often lighthearted, fun and joyous. Feb 14, Smiley aka umberto rated it liked it Shelves: fiction. I'm sorry I can't assure my Goodreads friends for its readability since it depends, I mean for those familiar with the writer's narratives or dialogues may think it is all right and thus can keep reading till the end of the story. I have to confess I didn't understand all, some characters were a bit mysterious to me then. However, I liked some parts with her sense of humour, that is, her unique of looking at things as they are.
View all 4 comments. Jan 02, Jennifer rated it liked it. The reason I'm giving this book three stars is because there were two stories that really stood out: first, the story about the grandfather who didn't tell his life story about dynamiting granite to build a railroad until he was very old and the second about Kingston's own experience with her aunt and family in the States. Both were very eye-opening and realistic.
The rest of the book seemed exaggerated and awkwardly worded. It was hard to read 40 pages at a go because the wording was so weird! I The reason I'm giving this book three stars is because there were two stories that really stood out: first, the story about the grandfather who didn't tell his life story about dynamiting granite to build a railroad until he was very old and the second about Kingston's own experience with her aunt and family in the States.
I guess it had to have been hard to translate Cantonese into English, but the stories didn't flow all that well. And some of the logic was a bit out there, too. I liked some of the imagery, especially about the railroad and daily life in China--those bits were excellent. I also liked the historical references, and there were many. I just didn't like this book as whole. Was it because it was uncomfortable to hear what the Chinese went through? Was it because the horror stories creeped me out a little? Definitely read this book at your leisure and not through class: I don't think it's a book you should rush.
View 1 comment. Nov 30, Andrew Wright rated it it was amazing Shelves: owned. The same themes and subject matter pertaining to the nature of Chinese Americanism as the earlier book, and told with the same subtle and complex narrative structure that intermingles myth, reality, memory, journalism and imagination into one lucid literary experience, but this time, dealing with men's experiences instead of women.
A great look at the experiences Chinese men faced emigrating to America and a great look at the cultural limbo those emigrants' children face living in between their parents' communal old world expectations and the liberating individualism of America. A multi-genre investigation of what emigration does to cultural identity and masculinity.
I tracked a lot of the sections on suicides and ghosts and guns. I was also interested in the section that mirrored Robinson Crusoe and the mention of other Caucasian classics amidst the Chinese cultural elements - myths, traditions and sayings. I will definitely have to pick up the earl A multi-genre investigation of what emigration does to cultural identity and masculinity.
I will definitely have to pick up the earlier, more feminist companion work. Aug 14, Christine rated it really liked it.